MOTORISTS who park on pavements in the Braunton area are being given a timely reminder of the error of their ways - and those who do not listen will soon find themselves in trouble. Police consultation with the local community, including Braunton Access G
MOTORISTS who park on pavements in the Braunton area are being given a timely reminder of the error of their ways - and those who do not listen will soon find themselves in trouble.Police consultation with the local community, including Braunton Access Group, has highlighted major concern about vehicles blocking footpaths and pavements and causing dangers.Braunton Neighbourhood Policing Team has now launched an initiative to tackle this activity which, they warn, puts pedestrians in danger by limiting visibility of traffic, creates a hazard for the blind and partially sighted and pushes mothers with small children, wheelchair users and other disabled people on to the road. It also commits an offence by obstructing the footpath, which can result in a £30 fixed penalty notice.Neighbourhood Team Leader Sgt Jeff Pearce said: "Parking on pavements is viewed by many as an inconsiderate, selfish, and lazy form of behaviour. It affects all sections of the community especially the disabled, elderly and families with young children, as they are forced to walk in the road. "The majority of the motorists spoken to had not considered the impact of their actions on pedestrians, thinking that they were assisting the traffic flow. Therefore, initially, we intend to adopt an education stance as opposed to totally enforcement. But persistent offenders will be prosecuted. We intend to ensure our neighbourhood remains a safe place to live, work and visit." The education and warning of offending motorists has already started and will be followed throughout March by a zero tolerance enforcement campaign, when those responsible for dangerous obstructions and repeat offenders are likely to receive fixed penalty notices.